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Re: English asparagus

Postby Pampy » Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:41 pm

Steamed for me too.

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Re: English asparagus

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Re: English asparagus

Postby ZeroCook » Sat May 01, 2021 8:37 am

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I like to quick braise asparagus in a heavy pan and finish with garlic butter - best of both worlds. :D

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Badger's Mate » Sat May 01, 2021 10:28 am

Tonight is our first go at it this season. We'll kick off with prawn & asparagus linguine tonight (from Falling Cloudberries), have some steamed on Sunday & Monday.

There are several farm shops that grow their own around here, just up the A10.

I've always hankered after growing my own, but as there are several local outlets in the season, there's not a great point to growing the green stuff. Maybe I should try growing the white and purple varieties as a change. White asparagus in a polytunnel would extend the locally grown season I guess.

Has anyone here tried purple asparagus? Not English farm produce afaik, but maybe someone here has grown it or tried it on their travels.

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Stokey Sue » Sat May 01, 2021 1:51 pm


Thanks
Usual question with US recipes - temperature is specified but to fan or not to fan? There is presumably a standard for American ovens, but I don’t know which it is


Badger's Mate wrote:Has anyone here tried purple asparagus? Not English farm produce afaik, but maybe someone here has grown it or tried it on their travels.

Yes, there’s a greengrocer not far from here that specialises in slightly unusual produce, and has had it from time to time, UK grown I think. Tried it, like broccoli it lost most of the colour in cooking and tasted much the same as green iirc - I only tried it once, a while back

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Pepper Pig » Sat May 01, 2021 2:04 pm

I gave it 17 minutes at Mark 6 . . . . :lol:

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Re: English asparagus

Postby ZeroCook » Sat May 01, 2021 3:47 pm

Stokey Sue wrote:Usual question with US recipes - temperature is specified but to fan or not to fan? There is presumably a standard for American ovens, but I don’t know which it is

No fan. I think all recipes including UK recipes presume no fan unless specifically given.

Roasting times like streaming times with asparagus are like a piece of string :D - depends on thickness and tenderness of the spears you've got. Roasting asparagus seems too much of faff for me - checking veg in oven for readiness and not drying veg out etc.

Everything is very late this year.

Looks like an interesting recipe, BM. Haven't come across pureeing asparagus for a pasta sauce before. Have you made the dish before? - interested to know your thoughts on how it turns out.

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Stokey Sue » Sat May 01, 2021 4:47 pm

ZeroCook wrote:fan
ZeroCook wrote:
Stokey Sue wrote:Usual question with US recipes - temperature is specified but to fan or not to fan? There is presumably a standard for American ovens, but I don’t know which it is

No fan. I think all recipes including UK recipes presume no fan unless specifically given.

That’s kind of what throws me about US recipes, I’ve never seen the oven type specified in one, so it’s not clear if the default is the same as here or not, and I assume that fan ovens exist

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Re: English asparagus

Postby ZeroCook » Sat May 01, 2021 5:08 pm

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I just assume it's the 'default' and have never been led to think otherwise. The US isn't generally a very cooking forward place except for certain notable Bay Area and other pockets. I think that adding two sets of temps to include temps for fan ovens might confuse as might multiple ingredient weights instead of cups. ;) :idea: Serioueats is one of the few sites that includes metric weights and measurements.

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Badger's Mate » Sat May 01, 2021 6:18 pm

Looks like an interesting recipe, BM. Haven't come across pureeing asparagus for a pasta sauce before. Have you made the dish before?


Have made it many times. We have pasta once a week or so and seasonal veg ones are a bit of a theme, so for example JO pasta with parsnip, pancetta & Parmesan in the winter, vroccoli arriminata while we've got Romanesco cropping and the prawn asparagus linguine, with or without broad beans in April and May. Sometimes the pan gets flambéed, sometimes not. Unsure if it makes much difference.

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Linnet » Mon May 03, 2021 12:55 pm

According to Tony Turnbull in the Times on Sat, Chris Chinn in the Wye Valley grows 1000 acres of asparagus, of which 25 are purple, which is 'more than double' than he grew of it 5yrs ago. He supplies M&S, so may find it there.

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Pampy » Mon May 03, 2021 1:27 pm

Ocado have M&S purple asparagus but it's out of stock when I look under my login - might be available in other areas of the country. It says it's grown in the Wye Valley but doesn't give the name of the producer.

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Badger's Mate » Mon May 03, 2021 3:42 pm

I might try Ocado for purple, thanks for the tip ;) .

We had buckwheat pancakes with asparagus & pecorino for lunch today. :yum

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Pampy » Wed May 05, 2021 2:03 pm

Saw a M&S tv ad last night - the asparagus they sell is from Chris Chinn.

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Linnet » Wed May 05, 2021 2:37 pm

Pampy wrote:Saw a M&S tv ad last night - the asparagus they sell is from Chris Chinn.


I already said that further up the thread!

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Pampy » Wed May 05, 2021 2:50 pm

Sorry! :oops: :oops:

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Gillthepainter » Thu May 06, 2021 3:13 pm

I like to quick braise asparagus in a heavy pan


Me too.
Although I once braised the asparagus, delish, in a griddle pan.
Then did the peppers and mange tout in the same pan, which were as bitter as a bitter thing. Just stick to asparagus.

We are having salmon and asparagus tonight.
I've made a dill and mustard sauce. 3 tablesp of mustard seems a lot, but it works. Sniff.

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Suffs » Thu May 06, 2021 3:47 pm

A big asparagus and cheese souffle to share for supper this evening with sourdough toast and a tomato and endive salad

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Stokey Sue » Thu May 06, 2021 4:19 pm

As I said on another thread - went to Sainsbury's, Chinn's asparagus £1.50 for 250g, so tonight's supper, in an alteration to scheduled programming, is steamed Jersey Royals with steamed asparagus, *Kerrygold butter and a bit of Somerset Brie which looks to be perfectly ripe

*Kerrygold has a low lactic acid content and seems to taste fine to me - my usual butter doesn't

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Re: English asparagus

Postby Stokey Sue » Thu May 06, 2021 4:19 pm

As I said on another thread - went to Sainsbury's, Chinn's asparagus £1.50 for 250g, so tonight's supper, in an alteration to scheduled programming, is steamed Jersey Royals with steamed asparagus, *Kerrygold butter and a bit of Somerset Brie which looks to be perfectly ripe

*Kerrygold has a low lactic acid content and seems to taste fine to me - my usual butter doesn't

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